1. Haverford School (4-1)
2. Garnet Valley (5-1)
3. Springfield (6-0)
4. Bonner-Prendergast (6-0)
5. Ridley (4-2)
6. Academy Park (4-2)
7. Episcopal Academy (4-2)
In The Picture/Under Consideration: Haverford (4-2), Interboro (3-3), Marple Newtown (4-2), Upper Darby (3-3)
It’s sort of rare to see every team in the Super 7 actually win in the same week. You’d think it would happen more than it does. The 5-7 spots are normally volatile, as we’ve seen plenty in the past.
This week, though, there are no changes. Surprise, surprise.
The top four teams are legit No. 1 contenders. You can make a case for all of them. I’m sure fans of each school are wondering what the heck I’m thinking by not making their team No. 1 in the Super 7. I understand the frustration.
Hey, that’s what the Super 7 is here for — to react and debate.
I just couldn’t justify putting Garnet Valley (50-6 winners over Lower Merion) and Springfield (47-7 winners over Strath Haven) ahead of The Haverford School (4-1), which dismantled a very powerful Roman Catholic team. The Fords have wins against Archbishop Ryan, Downingtown East and now Roman. I saw them way back in August against West Catholic, which won 24-19. I remember thinking at the time the Fords would be just fine come the second week of October for the start of Inter-Ac competition. You have to believe coach Mike Murphy’s team is the favorite to win it all this year, but I think the league is as challenging as it’s been in several years.. Springside Chestnut Hill, Penn Charter and Episcopal Academy all have at least four wins. Malvern Prep’ (2-3) is not even included and many believed they were the team to beat in August!
Springfield and Garnet Valley will meet next week in what is shaping up to be the biggest game in the Central League. If you think Springfield should be ahead of GV, I’d have no problem with that. We’ll know for sure after next Friday, though.
Bonner-Prendergast came back to score two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to beat Archbishop Ryan. The Friars, too, are very much in the running for the No. 1 spot. This is a very dangerous team. It’s a shame they have to contend with Archbishop Wood, which to no one’s surprise is the heavy favorite to win the Catholic League AAA and perhaps another state title.
Ridley stays at No. 5 despite a remarkable come-from-behind win at home against Upper Darby. After a tough 2013, the Green Raiders should be feared again.
Academy Park and Episcopal Academy deserve to be higher, too. The Knights destroyed Chichester, 37-7, to open the Del Val League schedule. They are starting to put things together as they head to South Avenue Complex to play Interboro Friday night (that;s th game of the week in Delco). Meanwhile, the Churchmen recovered nicely from last week’s brutal loss to Roman Catholic by winning a wild, 35-28 decision over New Jersey prep power Lawrenceville. EA opens the Inter-Ac portion of its schedule against Germantown Academy.